Law Databases

Database Access at Villanova Law

Most law library databases listed below are available via IP authentication, except where otherwise noted. Databases are available off-campus to law school faculty, staff, and students. You may access these databases through our secure proxy server by logging in with your main campus email username and password (do not include vuad\ before your username). Some databases require separate passwords such as Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg and others.

Alphabetical List of Law Databases

Almanac of the Federal Judiciary

Available on WestlawNext. Includes detailed profiles of Federal judges, including descriptions of major cases and opinions of attorneys who have interacted with the judges. An essential stop when researching for Federal Clerkships. Full text searching only--no Table of Contents or Index available online. Formerly available via CCH Intelliconnect.

Aspen / Wolters Kluwer eBooks Access

Get access to more than 250 study aids through Aspen.  With a personalized account, you can take notes and highlight directly in the eBook and access all titles from your tablet or phone.  Includes the Examples & Explanations series, Emmanuel Law Outlines, and more. 

Requires a paid account which you can register for with these instructions. After purchase you must create an individual login for the site to be able to access the materials. Look for the "sign up" link at the bottom of the User Login box on the left.

Bloomberg Law

Provides dockets and case documents taken directly from PACER as well as state and federal cases, regulations, and statutes. Also links to BNA Portfolios and BNA Law Reports for news and current awareness items. Second and Third Year Law Students: for access go to https://profile.bna.com/bloomberglaw-activate/ and register using your official law school email address (@law.villanova.edu, not the main campus @villanova.edu address).

Bloomberg BNA Publications by Subject

Online version of many Bureau of National Affairs publications in a variety of subject areas.

Bloomberg BNA Publications by Title

Online version of many Bureau of National Affairs publications in a variety of subject areas

BNA Tax and Accounting Center

Includes the BNA Tax Management Portfolio series.

CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction)

Online tutorials and practice problems to assist in exam and course preparation. Covers a wide variety of subjects. To access the lessons, students can pick up an Authorization Code card at the law library reference desk or email Lori Strickler for the code and instructions.

CCH Intelliconnect

Online version of many Commerce Clearinghouse publications in the areas of Tax, Business, and Human Resources.

Checkpoint (formerly RIA Checkpoint)

Thomson West database providing tax primary sources and analysis materials from Warren, Gorham, and Lamont. Students can generate a home use password for RIA Checkpoint from a computer at the law school (such as those in the library) by registering at http://www.checkpoint-registration.riag.com/schools. Your password can then be used from any computer.

Censtats

Censtats, from the United States Census Bureau includes building permits data, County business patterns, international trade data, and occupational data.

Encyclopedia Judaica

Over 21,000 signed entries on Jewish life, culture, history and religion.

Examples & Explanations

An excellent series of study aids for all major law school subjects that take a problem-based approach to learning legal concepts.

Available on reserve at the circulation desk or via eBook access through Aspen / Wolters Kluwer (eBook access requires paid account for 2013-2014 school year - read registration instructions here).

FDSys (formerly GPO Access)

Free judicial, statutory, and regulatory information from the U.S. Government Printing Office. Replaced GPO Access as of December 2010.

Federal Court Locator

Links to Federal court websites.

Foreign Law Guide

Online version of Foreign Laws: Current Sources of Codes and Legislation, which provides references to the fulltext of foreign statutes in English, if available.

HeinOnline

Extensive digital library collection including PDF full text of journal articles, federal statutes, CFR regulations, and legislative and international materials.

Kluwer Arbitration (via CCH Intelliconnect)

Online resource for international commercial arbitration research. Contains expert commentary and a collection of primary source materials.

To access Kluwer, click on link CCH Intelliconnect (at right), Click on "Browse,"  "Practice Tools," then click on the "International Business" section of the browse menu.  Finally, click on KluwerArbitration.com.

Leadership Directories (Yellow Books)

Search a collection of directories in the areas of government, business, and law.

Legal Dockets Online

Directory of links to public records databases, court dockets, and filings.

LegalTrac (also known as InfoTrac)

Online periodical index which allows searching of summaries of journal articles. Online version of the Current Law Index (1982 to present). Limited fulltext.

LexisAdvance & Lexis.com

Provides fulltext journal articles as well as state and federal cases, statutes, and regulations.

Lexis Nexis Academic

Version of the LexisNexis primarily for undergraduate users.

Pennsylvania Code (administrative regulations)

Free access to Pennsylvania administrative regulations, derived from the official code.

Pennsylvania General Assembly Bill Room

Free Pennsylvania bill text and tracking information.


Pennsylvania: Smart Litigator Pennsylvania (formerly PA Law Library)
Pennsylvania legal news, case law, statutes, court rules, regulations, sample forms, verdicts, case files, judicial directories and access to a select group of Pennsylvania treatises and newsletters. Click on the "Subscribers Login Here" link in the upper right to access the database. Firefox users: if you experience difficulty logging in, try a different browser or clear your cache and cookie history. 

PLI Discover Plus

Collection of resources prepared for and by practitioners. Materials include treatises, CLE course books and program transcripts, Answer Books and sample forms. Note: To access the "My Folders" & "My Searches" features, you must register as a new user using the Register link at the top of the database home page from an on-campus computer or using the VLS wireless internet connection. Once you've created an account, you can then view your search history and list of folders from off-campus but you can only access the full-text of items contained in those folders while on-campus. Please contact the Electronic Services Librarian or Library Reference Desk for assistance or view the Online Tutorial.

Proquest Congressional (formerly known as Lexis Congressional or Congressional Information Services Congressional Universe)

Online version of the CIS (Congressional Information Service). Provides legislative history information for Federal bills, along with references to the accompanying CIS Microfiche numbers. Click on the Subscriber login link in the upper right if not taken immediately to the search screen.

Proquest Statistical Insight  (formerly Lexis Statistical) 

Allows searching of the text of a variety of statistical tables.

RefWorks

A bibliographical tool that helps to gather, manage and store citations for all types of publications and assists in the creation of footnotes and bibliographies. Also permits attachement of full-text documents to their citation for document storage and access. NOTE: Bluebook citation format is not yet available.

Checkpoint (formerly RIA Checkpoint)

Thomson West database providing tax primary sources and analysis materials from Warren, Gorham, and Lamont. Students can generate a home use password for RIA Checkpoint from a computer at the law school (such as those in the library) by registering at http://www.checkpoint-registration.riag.com/schools. Your password can then be used from any computer.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

"Preprints" of social science and legal academic journal articles.

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet

Free bill text, bill tracking, and legislative information from the Library of Congress.

Trac

Statistical information about federal agencies, such as the IRS and the federal courts (number of claims handled, types of claims, etc.)

United Nations Treaty Collection

Free collection of United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) documents. Use the Databases link to access the status, full text, certified true copies and other information for UN treaties. The databases are searchable in a number of different ways including by popular name of the treaty, treaty title or by using the cumulative indexes.

West LegalEd Center (WLEC)

Students have free access to many of the 6,000 on-demand continuing education videos and audio recordings on the West LegalEd Center and all 200 of the Beyond the Bar legal skills programs. To request the student login and password, please contact reference@law.villanova.edu

Faculty members also have access to these programs. Please contact your liaison for login information or for assistance in identifying programs that might be relevant for your classes. 

VLS Alumni may purchase an annual subscription for access to all 6,000 on-demand CLE programs and over 150 live webcasts each month for only $250 (compared to the regular price of $840/year). CLE credit is available for a number of jurisdictions. Please see the Alumni CLE page for more information.

WestlawNext

Provides fulltext journal articles as well as state and federal cases, statutes, and regulations. NOTE: Westlaw.com is no longer available to law schools (as of July 1, 2014).

Yellowbooks (see Leadership Directories)

Search a collection of directories in the areas of government, business, and law.

Finding Non-Law Resources

This page lists resources of interest to those who are performing legal research. 

For information on non-legal research, consult the Electronic Resources by Subject page of the Villanova University Falvey Memorial Library website.

For electronic journals available from the University Library, use Falvey Library's Journal Finder or see the Alphabetical List of Electronic Journals.

Research Quick Links

Visitor Access Hours:

Labor Day: 9 AM - 5 PM

Fall Hours:
 Aug 25 - Dec 1 

Monday – Thursday: 8AM - 7 PM

Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

 Saturday & Sunday:
By appointment only

Contact Us

Circulation Desk: 610-519-7020

Reference Desk: 610-519-7024

Email a question to the reference desk

Library Staff Directory

VLS Law Library on Flickr

VLS Law Library on Flickr

Images and archives from the history of Villanova School of Law


Get Access to Study Aid eBooks through Aspen law

Full access to over 250 commercial study aids, including all Examples & Explanations books and the Emanuel's series.

Click here to register or read more about this offer 

Note: you must create an individual login after purchase to access the materials. Look for the "sign up" link at the bottom of the User Login box on the left side of the ebook library page.

(One-time fee required for eBook access for a 12-month period)